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Aliza Luft

Recent years have witnessed a turn in the field of contentious politics toward the study of political violence, yet scholars have yet to focus their lens on genocide. Moreover, research on genocide is characterized by fundamental disagreements about its definition, origins, and dynamics, leading to a lack of generalizable theory. As a remedy, this article suggests that research on genocide can be improved by incorporating concepts from social movements. After reviewing the history of research on social movements and genocide, I analyze civilian participation in the Rwandan genocide as an example of how social movement theory helps explain civilian mobilization for genocide. Finally, I propose that a contentious politics approach to genocide would consider it one among many forms of contentious collective action, analyzable within the existing framework of social movement theory.

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Pegida in Parliament?

Explaining the Failure of Pegida in Austria

Farid Hafez

. Since this case study aims at understanding the case at hand better theoretically, it uses three of the most prominent aspects of social movement theory ( smt ). In short, it takes Austria as a case for which the emergence of xenophobic and identitarian

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A Hybrid Form of a Populist Right Movement

Ina Schmidt

representation gap between conservative and right-wing voters as, for example, Werner Patzelt argued. 1 In contrast to Patzelt, who designed an explorative research approach, I use social movement theory in combination with theoretical considerations about right

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Theorizing the Spatiality of Protest

Dimitris Soudias and Tareq Sydiq

Since the 1990s, there has been a raft of case studies inquiring into the relation between space and protest in the field that has come to be known as social movement studies or social movement theory, whether it be resource in protesters

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Research Methodology in Kurdish Studies

Interactions between Fieldwork, Epistemology and Theory

Mehmet Orhan

society, context or culture. This is a major problem in Kurdish and Middle Eastern studies, for example, when scholars use social movement theories. Concepts and theories are being used without critical elaboration within the limits of knowledge they

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Inventing Eco-Cycle

A Social Enterprise Approach to Sustainability Education

Sandy Smith-Nonini

Problems ( New York : Harper One ). Smith , C. ( 1991 ), The Emergence of Liberation Theology: Radical Religion and Social Movement Theory ( Chicago : University of Chicago Press ). Smith-Nonini , S. ( 2009 ), ‘ Inventing a Public Anthropology with

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Stacy M. K. George

traditional religious (Christian) culture in US society, as well as its potential to foster future political movements. In order to examine the role of political mobilization, I rely on social movement theories as a way to explain cultural exchange in

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Whose Austria?

Muslim Youth Challenge Nativist and Closed Notions of Austrian Identity

Farid Hafez

from youth identities to how these social identities are intimately intertwined with issues of citizenship ( Abu El-Haj and Bonet 2011 ). In their collective work on Muslim youth from the perspective of social movement theory, Asef Bayat and Linda

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“Real, practical emancipation”?

Subaltern politics and insurgent citizenship in contemporary India

Alf Gunvald Nilsen

.1080/13621025.2015.1053791 Goodwin , Jeff , James M. Jasper , and Francesca Polletta . 2000 . The return to the repressed: The fall and rise of emotions in social movement theory . Mobilization 5 ( 1 ): 65 – 83 . 10.17813/maiq.5.1.74u39102m107g748 Goodwin , Jeff

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Sheikhs and the City

Urban Paths of Contention in Sidon, Lebanon

Are John Knudsen

-Habitat . Wehrey , Frederic . 2017 . Beyond Sunni and Shia: The Roots of Sectarianism in a Changing Middle East . Oxford : Oxford University Press . Wiktorowicz , Quintan . 2004 . Islamic Activism: A Social Movement Theory Approach . Bloomington